1 Delegate Manual ACG MUN. Delegate Manual 0. Pierce The American College of Greece Delegate Manual ACG MUN. Dear delegates , With this Manual we hope to achieve your proper initiation to the ACGMUN Rules and Procedures and guide you through your MUN preparation. Here you will find all the information you need as well as some basic guidelines and tips on how to upgrade your skills as MUNers! We hope that you will find this Manual useful and we expect to see well-prepared and diplomatic delegates , ready to participate actively and passionately in the debates and come up with effective solutions! What is Model United Nations? Model UN is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve issues that affect the global community with regard to the policies and perspectives of their assigned country.
2 What should delegates do prior to the Conference ? In this section we will guide you through what you need to do in preparation for the Conference . We advise you to work comprehensively and have all the required work done by the middle of March. Selecting a Committee Before participating in the ACGMUN you should decide in which forum you would like to participate as a Delegate . In the ACGMUN we have 4 General Assembly Committees and 6 Specialized Agencies. After carefully reading the topics of the agenda, think and choose the forum that interests you the most. There is also a presentation of all the forums in ACGMUN available on the website which can help you understand better what exactly each committee is responsible for and their goals. Research Every Delegate , before attending the Conference , is expected to do research and gain knowledge about the topics to be discussed but also learn which is the position and policy of the country that he/she is representing regarding the topic.
3 A well informed Delegate makes a good Delegate . Here are some things you need to think about in order to organize your research: 1. Which Country do I represent? You need to understand the country you're representing- where it is, who lives 1. Delegate Manual ACG MUN. there, who your allies are, what type of government your country has, and more. So, we advise you to make a country profile. In order to help you get to know your country here are some questions to answer: What is your country's official name? What region of the world is your country located in? How big is your country? Who are your country's neighbors? How would you describe your country's physical features and climate? When was your country founded? What type of government does your country have? Who are your country's allies?
4 Enemies? What is your country's capital? What is your country's population? What is your country's ethnic composition? What is your country's official language? How would you describe the quality of life in your country? What is your country's total Gross Domestic Product? What are some of your country's natural resources? What are your country's major imports and exports? What are your country's biggest trading partners? 2. What is my topic's background? Another essential step to get started is to gain a basic understanding of the topic you'll be discussing. To do that you firstly need to define what the topic is, identify the key terms related to the topic and answer key questions such as what are the causes? or who is affected by it? . To help you, we will have study guides posted on the website some months before the Conference but that doesn't mean you don't have to do your own research!
5 3. What is my county's policy on the topic? It is of high importance to understand that you are representing your country's views and not yours. Also, that you are required to defend your country's interests and act according to them. 4. Recent Events 5. Past International Action One of the most important pieces of knowledge you need to have when discussing any topic in MUN is what the United Nations and the international community have already done about the topic. Past international action can be 2. Delegate Manual ACG MUN. UN resolutions, international conventions and treaties, or actions by NGOs and international organizations. 6. Which are some possible solutions? Keeping in mind that the ultimate goal of the Conference is to come up with solutions for each issue and combine them into an effective and efficient resolution, we can see how this is the most important step of your research.
6 You should consider what your country wants the United Nations to do about the issue worldwide. Feel free to be creative but keep in mind that all resolutions should be realistic and doable. Useful links Country Research: CIA World Fact Book UN Member States IMUNA. Department of State United Nations Website UN Systems: UN Organisations BBC Country Profiles Recent Events: BBC News Past Actions: UN Official Documents 3. Delegate Manual ACG MUN. UN Treaty Collection UN SC Documents ECOSOC Documents Other: United Nations General Assembly (GA). Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). International Court of Justice (ICJ). UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UN Environment Programme (UNEP). UN High Commissioner for Human Rights UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
7 UN Commission on Sustainable Development UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). International Criminal Court (ICC). International Labor Organization (ILO). 4. Delegate Manual ACG MUN. International Monetary Fund (IMF). World Bank World Health Organization (WHO). World Trade Organization (WTO). UN Statistics Division Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Best Delegate Policy Statement The policy statement is a short speech which summarizes your knowledge of the topic and briefly explains the policy of your country. It includes the background of your country's position, its current position and what it hopes to achieve regarding the topic discussed. The policy statement must not exceed the time length of one minute and all policy statements shall be entertained at the beginning of lobbying session.
8 Sample Policy Statement Topic: Safeguarding the rights of refugees Proposed by: Ethiopia The government of Ethiopia maintains an open door policy on the issue of refugees and continues to allow humanitarian access and protection to those seeking refuge on its territory. More than 630,000 refugees are accommodated, mainly in camps, throughout the country. However, provisions under Ethiopian law for refugees' local integration are very limited. The country participated in the 1951 Convention, but maintains reservations regarding refugees' employment (Article 17 of the Convention). Yet, it supports an out-of-camp scheme that allows refugees to live outside camps and engage in informal livelihood opportunities. In addition, an all-out effort is being exerted to provide education to as many refugees as possible.
9 Also, Ethiopia took part on the 1969 OAU Convention, governing the specific aspects of refugee problems in the African region. Last but not least, considering that Ethiopia is a less economically developed country, she is making all efforts and cooperates with international organization in order to safeguard the rights of refugees, IDPs and asylum seekers. 5. Delegate Manual ACG MUN. Draft Resolution After you having completed all the above you are required to write a draft resolution. The draft resolution is a document which includes proposed measures that according to your country will solve the issue. This document you will have to bring along to the Conference and try to include as many of your clauses as you can in the final resolution! The resolution is composed of three parts and has a very specific format which you must follow: 1.
10 Heading FORUM: (your Committee). QUESTION OF: (your topic). SUBMITTED BY: (your country). 2. Pre-ambulatory clauses They constitute the introduction of the resolution. They contain the background of the issue you have. Each clause begins with a pre-ambulatory phrase (Below you will find a list) and ends with a comma. These clauses are not debatable. Pre-ambulatory clauses can include: - Past UN resolutions, treaties, or conventions related to the topic - Past regional, non-governmental, or national efforts in resolving this topic - References to the UN Charter or other international frameworks and laws - Statements made by the Secretary-General or a relevant UN body or agency - General background info formation or facts about the topic, its significance, and its impact.